Realizations & The Water Song

This year, so far, has brought on some exciting realizations for our long standing music project Sister Says. Personally, I’ve come to some realizations, mainly positive, about life, music, and the business of art. Last weekend I had the opportunity to join in on Canadian love-hop/folk/poetry/pop/rap artist Kinnie Starr’s Who will Save our Waters song, at the Vancouver Folk Festival, last weekend. It was a beautiful experience to be part of Kinnie’s song-art piece, with four other beautiful Indigenous female singers, that demonstrated our worry for our waters under the Harper government. The other singers that joined in were Sarah Yankoo, Marta Mckeever, Sandy Scofield, and Tiffany Moses, all known in the Indigenous music-arts scene, or indie-folk scene. The way I got involved with this, is by responding to a post I saw that Kinnie had on facebook, mentioning that she is looking for strong female vocalists. I didn’t really know Kinnie that well, but thought it would be a great opportunity to provide vocals for her, during any of her performances, since I really like what she does. If you see any snap shots taken from the Vancouver Folk Festival of Who will Save our Waters you won’t see any of the other singers onstage. Kinnie, wanted an impromptu pop up protest against the Harper regime, where all of the singers sit in the audience during her set, and then stand up spontaneously to face the audience and join in, on her song. It was a great concept that went well, and I think brought a lot of momentum with the audience, especially during her 4pm set, where audience members started to stand up and join in. That was exactly the idea!

-Gillian

Body Like a Queen, Kinnie Starr (album to be released July 30th 2013)

Kinnie Starr & Ostwelve, during their 4pm set at The Vancouver Folk Festival
Kinnie Starr & Ostwelve, during their 4pm set at The Vancouver Folk Festival
Kinnie Starr and I at The Vancouver Folk Festival
Kinnie Starr and I, at The Vancouver Folk Festival

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